The Wind and the Leaves

Poem by George Cooper

Activity 1: Word ladder. Copy and complete the exercise below. Fill in the missing letter in each word to help “gold” become “lime“.

Activity 2: Word List. Read and write the word list in your notebooks.

gold, lambs, fondly, cricket, whirling, fields, leaves, fleecy, farewell, cover, let, glade, vale, dream, content, fluttering

Activity 4: Observe the picture of the four seasons.


Activity 5: Independent Reading. Now, read the following poem aloud.

The Wind and the Leaves

                   1.
Come, little leaves,” said the wind one day.
Come o’er the meadows with me, and play;
Put on your dress of red and gold
Summer is gone, and the days grow cold.”

                   2.
Soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the soft little songs they knew.

                   4.
“Dear little lambs, in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
Fondly we’ve watched you in vale and glade;
Say, will you dream of our loving shade?”

                   3.
Cricket, good-by, we’ve been friends so long;
Little brook, sing us your farewell song,—
Say you are sorry to see us go;
Ah! you will miss us, right well we know.

                   5.
Dancing and whirling, the little leaves went;
Winter had called them, and they were content.
Soon fast asleep in their earthy beds,
The snow laid a coverlet over their heads.

George Cooper.


Discussion Questions:

  1. Write a summary of the above poem.
  2. Research question: How does the wind get the leaves to fall of the tree?

Comprehension Questions